2015 Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley9.27.17
Harvest 2015 was the earliest start ever for Franciscan Estate. Vineyards were off to a fast start after a very warm, dry spring, and cool temperatures during bloom resulted in less crop. With fewer grapes to ripen, vines quickly finished the maturation process. Though yields were lower than usual, fruit quality was high, as warm, sunny days and cool evenings during September and early October completed the ripening process. Chardonnay harvest began on August 17 and was completed on September 15.
Rich with bright fruit. Minerals and cream with honeyed pear-apple. Bright and vibrant palate shows rich flavors evoking apple galette, honey, and creamy vanilla bean. Full and round with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish of Asian pear with toasty oak notes. 100% Chardonnay